Richard Storrs Willis

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Born: February 10, 1819; Boston, MA   Died: May 7, 1900; Detroit, MI  
Richard Storrs Willis was an important composer and publisher of hymns (both sacred and secular) in nineteenth century America. He is the composer of "Fairest Lord Jesus," and his hymn tune "Carol" is the melody to which we sing "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear."

The brother of poet Nathaniel Parker Willis, he studied at Yale University. As president of the schools' Beethoven Society, he wrote a number
Read more of choruses and instrumental items. After graduating in 1841, Willis spent the next six years in Germany, studying theory with Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee in Frankfurt and with Moritz Hauptmann in Leipzig. In the latter city, Willis became a member of Felix Mendelssohn's circle. Returning to America, he supported himself as a music critic; he wrote for The New York Tribune and The Albion, and he edited the periodical Musical World from the early 1850s into the 1860s. When the Civil War got underway, Willis moved a safe distance to Detroit, where he remained for the rest of his life, except when he accompanied his daughter to school in Italy in the 1870s. His music collections include Church Chorals and Choir Studies (1850), Our Church Music (1856), and the secular collections Waif of Song (1876) and Pen and Lute (1883). Read less
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    Singers Unlimited: Christmas / Puerling
    Label: Mps   Catalog: 0211600MSW Release Date: 12/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Alfred S. Burt,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Conductor:  Gene Puerling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Singers Unlimited
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    Ultimate Christmas Collection / Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 535958 Release Date: 10/21/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Mykola Leontovych,  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Alexander Schreiner,  Frank Asper,  Marilyn Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard P. Condie,  Jerold D. Ottley,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerold Ottley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Brass & Percussion Ensemble,  Columbia Brass Ensemble
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    Christmas 101
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002507302 Release Date: 09/23/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Simon Preston,  Harvey Alan,  David Corkhill  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  John Rutter,  Sir Neville Marriner,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Christmas Songbook / The King's Singers
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 459 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Walter "Jack" Rollins,  Johnny Marks,  Hugh Martin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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    Let the Angels Sing / Petri, Danish National Vocal Ensemble
    Label: Our Recordings   Catalog: 6220615 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis
    Performer:  Michala Petri
    Conductor:  Michael Bojesen
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    The Greatest Christmas Choral Classics
    Label: Silva Classics   Catalog: 6049 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Mykola Leontovych,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Performer:  Crouch End Festival Chorus,  The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Evan Jolly
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    The Complete Traditional Christmas Carols Collection
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16136 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Henry Walford Davies,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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    111 Classics for Christmas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002179902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Leopold Mozart,  Johnny Marks,  John Frederic Coots  ... 
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Anna Reynolds,  Christa Ludwig,  Maria Teresa Garatti  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Karl Richter,  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Christmas Lights
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5222 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Irving Berlin,  Traditional,  Vogel  ... 
    Performer:  Zack Laurence
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Frank Chacksfield,  Billy Vaughn,  Ken Jones  ... 
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    Label: Dynamic Nostalgia   Catalog: 4930 Release Date: 10/07/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Felix Bernard,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mitch Miller & the Gang
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    The Christmas Story
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7681 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Lowell Mason,  James R. Murray  ... 
    Performer:  Bin Huang,  Hyun-Sun Kim
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    Joy to the World: An American Christmas / Christophers, Handel & Haydn Society
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16117 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Jacob Niles,  Morten Lauridsen,  Lowell Mason,  Richard Storrs Willis  ... 
    Performer:  Sonja DuToit Tengblad,  Thomas Armstrong,  Woodrow Bynum,  Stefan [Tenor Vocal] Reed
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
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    O Come All Ye Faithful [classic]
    Label: Mvd Audio   Catalog: 5971 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jean Baptiste Calkin,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Leslie Pierson,  John Paice,  Richard Lewis
    Conductor:  Peter Knight,  John McCarthy,  John Pritchard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Bell Ringers
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    I Wonder As I Wander Out Under The Sky / Jones, The Copley Singers
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49283 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Carl Rütti,  Hugh Martin,  Richard Storrs Willis  ... 
    Conductor:  Brian Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copley Singers
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    Glad Tidings: Carols For Christmas
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1267 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elisabeth Poston,  Viktor Kalinnikov,  Henry Walford Davies,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Sarah Tenant-Flowers
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    Christmas With Mantovani
    Label: Tgg Direct   Catalog: 60266 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
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    Label: Denver Brass   Catalog: 5637981295 Release Date: 08/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Alfred Reed,  Dave Hanson,  Walter Kent  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Hood,  Kathy Brantigan,  F. Joseph Docksey
    Conductor:  Warren Deck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Denver Brass
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    Holiday Baby
    Label: Harp Music To Go   Catalog: 89076 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Henry Walford Davies,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  Merry Miller
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    Holidays On The Harp
    Label: Harp Music To Go   Catalog: 92118 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Jay Livingston  ... 
    Performer:  Merry Miller,  Annie Benjamin
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    Merry Christmas / Kulinska, Kulinsky, Bamini Di Praga
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4067 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Performer:  Veronika Vitová,  Sarka Celbova,  Katerina Kovandová,  Katerina Kalvachova  ... 
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    A Westminster Christmas II / Miller, Westminster Choir College Of Rider University
    Label: Westminster Choir   Catalog: 810 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Various,  John Francis Wade
    Performer:  Ken Cowan
    Conductor:  Joe Miller,  Kathleen Ebling-Thorne
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Choir,  Westminster Concert Bell Choir
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    Christmas Masterpieces & Familiar Carols / Westminster Choir College Of Rider University
    Label: Westminster Choir   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Hector Berlioz,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Ann Ackley,  Daniel Beckwith
    Conductor:  Joseph Flummerfelt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Choir,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Christmas Celebration
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5185 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Billy Vaughn,  Percy Faith,  George Melachrino,  Angela Morley  ... 
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    English Folk Carols / Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band, Sneak's Noyse
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1335 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis
    Performer:  Maddy Prior
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carnival Band,  Sneak's Noyse
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    Wonderland of Christmas / Andre Kostelanetz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 96970 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Marks,  James Pierpont,  John Frederic Coots,  Hugh Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
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